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The Storyteller: Joseph Wambaugh  

October 1, 2007

By Dean Scoville

Few artists have done more to change the way that cops are portrayed in popular culture than best-selling author Joseph Wambaugh. While Jack Webb's Joe Friday was all about the facts, ma'am, Wambaugh's cop characters were and are all about the heart and soul. They are human and their profession takes a toll on them as individuals.

How to Photograph Injuries  

September 1, 2007

By David Spraggs

I've taught forensic photography to police officers for more than 10 years, and I always start my presentations with the notion that good photographs start even before the camera is out of the bag. You have to have the proper mindset because images documenting injuries are some of the most important photos we take.

Are TASERs Really Non-Lethal?  

July 1, 2007

By Jeffrey D. Ho, MD, FACEP

With more than 45 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide now using conducted electrical weapon (CEW) devices, agencies and the general public are becoming more familiar with the capabilities of and controversy surrounding these non-lethal weapons. The latest research conducted on animals and humans indicates that CEWs are among the safest of weapon options

Shots Fired: Pierce County, Washington 06-25-2006  

June 1, 2007

By Dean Scoville

As a Washington State Trooper, Kelly Kalmbach had been given her fair share of adrenaline jolts courtesy of other drivers. But few had come so close to taking her out as the driver of a white Cadillac that nearly clipped her patrol car around midnight June 25, 2006, on State Route 7 near Spanaway.

The Thrill of the Chase  

May 1, 2007

By Dave Smith

One of the most canine-like drives I have ever felt is the urge to chase, to pursue, to catch. I must confess to an odd primal thrill I always felt when a miscreant took off running. I wish I could say my mind thought "Tally ho!" in a thick British accent.

Losing Yourself in the Job  

April 1, 2007

By Alicia Hilton

The officer rolled up his sleeves. Muscles built from weight training had atrophied. His tan from running along the beach had also vanished, along with other traces of his former life.

Elder Abuse  

February 1, 2007

By Joseph Petrocelli

The fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population is the cohort of people who are more than 85 years old. The aging of America will present many challenges to law enforcement, including how to protect people who may no longer have the physical or mental capacity to protect themselves and how to investigate cases of elder abuse.

Shots Fired: Coral Gables, Florida - 04•19•1993  

February 1, 2007

By Dean Scoville

The Miami suburb of Coral Gables, Fla., is home to a confluence of lifestyles, where the affluent and the amoral intersect and are often one and the same. Its palatial houses and palm tree-lined streets are home to doctors, lawyers, business people, and narcotics traffickers.

The Renaissance Man  

February 1, 2007

By David Griffith

When Bruce Siddle left the ranks of the Monroe County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department after seven years to concentrate on training officers at the St. Louis Police Academy, he couldn’t have envisioned where it would take him.

Shots Fired: Anderson, South Carolina 04/07/2004  

January 1, 2007

By Dean Scoville

With six years of law enforcement experience, Officer Susanne Simonson-Mullis of the Anderson (S.C.) Police Department hardly considered herself a rookie, and she felt fortunate to have another patrol veteran, Officer Dusty Ashley, working with her on the same beat.

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